9:30 LRN Newscast August 1

More than 430 new laws go into effect today as a result of the spring legislative regular session. One of those bills is the Max Gruver Act, which increases the penalties and makes it a felony to orchestrate hazing that leads to serious injuries or death. Lafayette Representative Nancy Landry is the author of the legislation…
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The National Flood Insurance Program, which writes flood insurance policies for 500-thousand Louisiana residents, has been extended for four months as a result of a favorable vote in the US Senate. It was set to expire before midnight last night. Senator John Kennedy is frustrated Congress will not approve a reformed version of the NFIP..
cut 6 (09) “….the Senate”

Those who like to wager on sports can legally place bets on games starting today at Beau Rivage and the Gold Strike Casino in Mississippi. Executive director of the Missississippi Gaming and Hospitality Association, Larry Gregory, says sports betting begins in the Magnolia State, 26 years to the day the first casino opened in Biloxi…
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Louisiana still needs to pass legislation allowing sports betting at its gaming establishments.

The start of August means we are getting closer to the peak of the hurricane season. State Climatologist Barry Keim says the latest long-range forecasts have predicted a near normal season, but that doesn’t mean Louisiana will not see any storms…
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A look at the tropics today, shows nothing is expected to develop this week.